Karatjimba - Kangaroo
Although the artist knew that the Kangaroo belonged to the creation period, and that his totem places were situated somewhere west of Blue Mud Bay, he was not aware of either their exact location or of any associated songs.
[The Kangaroo] illustrates the Kangaroo, Karatjimba (Macropus sp.) eating some herbage which it is holding it its hands. The cross hatching of designs on the body is an attempt to represent the fur.
[Charles P. Mountford, 'Records of the American-Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land vol.1: Art, myth and symbolism', pg. 67]
Karatjimba - the kangaroo
natural pigments on bark
35.6 x 64.7 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of the Commonwealth Government 1956
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Mountford Gifts: Works from the American Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land 1948, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 21 Mar 2009–03 Jun 2009
Referenced in 4 publications
Jonathan Jones, Mountford Gifts: Works from the American-Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land 1948, 'Mountford Gifts: Works from the American-Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land 1948', pg. 1-5, Sydney, 2009, 3.
Cara Pinchbeck, Look, 'Aboriginal treasures: From the early days of the Gallery's Indigenous collection', pg. 23, Sydney, Feb 2009, 23 (colour illus.).
Purchases and Acquisitions for 1956 National Art Gallery of N.S.W., Sydney, 1956, 21. cat.no. 45; titled 'Kangaroo'
Records of the American-Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land 1: Art, myth and symbolism, Melbourne, 1956, 67 (illus.). plate no. 20E